Director of Public Prosecutions

Martin E. Herschorn, QC


Mr. Herschorn holds a Law degree from Dalhousie University as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University.

Employment History

Mr. Herschorn was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions in 2001. He began his law career with the Nova Scotia Department of Attorney General in 1972 upon his admission to the Bar of Nova Scotia. His focus was on appellate practice and over the years argued more than 300 appeals on behalf of the Crown. In 1980 he was appointed Assistant Director (Criminal Law) and later, Director (Criminal Law).

Mr. Herschorn was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988. He played an active role in drafting legislation resulting in the establishment of the Public Prosecution Service in 1990. That same year he was appointed Chief Crown Attorney (Trials). In 1994 Mr. Herschorn was named Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions. He was acting Director of Public Prosecutions from 1994 to 1995 and again from 1998 to 2001 when he was appointed permanent Director.

The Director of Public Prosecutions is a lawful deputy of the Attorney General and is responsible for all prosecutions within the jurisdiction of the Attorney General.